Ryan Kiely appointed
Wests is excited to announce the appointment of a new Club Captain for 2019 - Ryan Kiely.
Kiely is stepping into the role taking the baton from Geoff Cox.
Kiely joined Wests at the beginning of 2017 after moving to Canberra to take up a job at the Australian Institute of Sport. Kiely was originally planning to have a year off footy once he stepped foot into the capital, however a colleague from work put him onto head coach Craig Robberds - and the rest is history.
Kiely was named 2018 J B Stokes player of the year
“I’m extremely grateful to be a part of a club with such a proud history, and even bigger future. The culture is what stood out to me at Wests, both on and off the field. As soon as I came to Wests, I instantly felt a part of the community and the people here are what makes it so unique.”
Local talent Cox has done an outstanding job as Club Captain throughout the last three seasons having a huge role in moulding the club culture and representing the club with pride.
“It really is an honour to be club captain for Wests and look forward to doing the club justice. We have a great social calendar lined up this year so it really is going to be a ripper. Its amazing to have the lioness senior women’s group in the mix moving forward also, which will bring a great dynamic into the culture. Bring on Wests 2019 and onwards!”
Kiely pictured with Brodie Leber after last years Indigenous round
Kiely has come off the back of an outstanding individual 2018 season taking home several perpetual awards at the annual presentation night. Kiely was awarded the Ron Moloney Award for outstanding efforts on and off the field, the Presidents Trophy and the JB Stokes Memorial Shield. Kiely also represented higher honours going on to play for the Brumbies sevens. Kiely has been a great injection of talent into the first-grade side and looks forward to taking on the challenge of club captain for Wests for the upcoming seasons.
Kiely looks to continue to nourish the culture at wests and bring some exciting new ideas to the table. Kiely is also committed to being a good representative for the players of the club and help move Wests in the right direction for the upcoming seasons.
We look forward to having Kiely on board as the club captain for Wests and trust he will do a fantastic job.